The Children's Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities by Annette Ruth AppellThe Children's Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities by Annette Ruth Appell

The Children's Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities

Contribution byAnnette Ruth Appell

Paperback | June 1, 2013

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Like the occupants of the children's table at a family dinner, scholars working in childhood studies can seem sidelined from the "adult" labor of humanities scholarship. The Children's Table brings together scholars from architecture, philosophy, law, and literary and cultural criticism to provide an overview of the innovative work being done in childhood studies-a transcript of what is being said at the children's table. Together, these scholars argue for rethinking the academic seating arrangement in a way that acknowledges the centrality of childhood to the work of the humanities.

The figure we now recognize as a child was created in tandem with forms of modernity that the Enlightenment generated and that the humanities are now working to rethink. Thus the growth of childhood studies allows for new approaches to some of the most important and provocative issues in humanities scholarship: the viability of the social contract, the definition of agency, the performance of identity, and the construction of gender, sexuality, and race. Because defining childhood is a means of defining and distributing power and obligation, studying childhood requires a radically altered approach to what constitutes knowledge about the human subject.

The diverse essays in The Children's Table share a unifying premise: to include the child in any field of study realigns the shape of that field, changing the terms of inquiry and forcing a different set of questions. Taken as a whole, the essays argue that, at this key moment in the state of the humanities, rethinking the child is both necessary and revolutionary.

Contributors: Annette Ruth Appell, Sophie Bell, Robin Bernstein, Sarah Chinn, Lesley Ginsberg, Lucia Hodgson, Susan Honeyman, Roy Kozlovsky, James Marten, Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Carol Singley, Lynne Vallone, John Wall.

ANNA MAE DUANE is an associate professor of English and director of the American Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Suffering Childhood in Early America: Violence, Race, and the Making of the Child Victim (Georgia).
Title:The Children's Table: Childhood Studies and the HumanitiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:June 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820345229

ISBN - 13:9780820345222


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction. The Children's Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities 1

Part 1. Questioning the Autonomous Subject and Individual Rights 15

The Prepolitical Child of Child- Centered Jurisprudence Annette Ruth Appell 19
Childhood of the Race: A Critical Race Theory Intervention into Childhood Studies Lucia Hodgson 38
Childhood Studies and History: Catching a Culture in High Relief James Marten 52
Childism: The Challenge of Childhood to Ethics and the Humanities John Wall 68

Part 2. Recalibrating the Work of Discipline 85

"So Wicked": Revisiting Uncle Tom's Cabin's Sentimental Racism through the Lens of the Child Sophie Bell 89
Minority / Majority: Childhood Studies and Antebellum American LiteratureLesley Ginsberg 105
The Architectures of Childhood Roy Kozlovsky 124

Part 3. Childhood Studies and the Queer Subject 145

"I Was a Lesbian Child": Queer Thoughts about Childhood Studies Sarah Chinn 149
Trans(cending)gender through Childhood Susan Honeyman 167
Childhood Studies and Literary Adoption Carol Singley 183

Part 4. Childhood Studies: Theory, Practice, Pasts, and Futures 199

Childhood as Performance Robin Bernstein 203
In the Archives of Childhood Karen Sánchez- Eppler 213
Doing Childhood Studies: The View from Within Lynne Vallone 238

Contributors 255
Index 259

Editorial Reviews

An essay collection that will empower readers with the resources to articulate the significance of childhood studies. .. A benchmark contribution, The Children’s Table defines our field and illuminates our future. - M. Tyler Sasser - International Research in Children's Literature